I’M 76 YEARS OLD and I want to know why you’re trying to kill me.
You know who you are. You’re the one who doesn’t wear a mask because you feel embarrassed, believe it’s somehow against your human rights, or you just can’t be bothered.
If you give me COVID-19, I’ll die. It might take weeks as the doctors do their best to stave off the pneumonia by drugging me into a coma and shoving a ventilator tube down my throat.
But I won’t have a chance. People my age can’t beat this disease. We have lowered immune systems and more chronic health conditions than we can count on both hands.
I’ll probably never see my loved ones again because they won’t be allowed into my hospital room. I will die alone.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.